Short term child care services

The Mannerheim League for Child Welfare (MLL) offers you help with child care. The League’s child care service is meant to meet temporary and short term needs for child care assistance, around the clock, also on weekends.

The Mannerheim League for Child Welfare has a pool of babysitters. They are trained and suitable to work with children. A typical babysitter is a student under 20 years of age. In addition to initial training, MLL also provides advanced training, supervision and counseling to babysitters on a regular basis. Qualified babysitters hold a valid license issued by MLL.

Short term child care service is available for example when

  • a child is ill
  • a parent is ill
  • the child’s permanent caregiver is ill
  • a parent is on a business trip, in a meeting, or studying
  • parents need a break for hobbies or to spend some time together

Families employ the babysitters

Paying wages

Babysitters are to be paid in cash after finishing their work, according to the nearest half-hour. Pay recommendation of MLL’s child care is 9,50 euros per hour in Uusimaa and 9,00 euros per hour in rest of the country¹.

The minimum payment is two hours. Wages are to be paid for the hours that were booked, even if the family arrives home earlier.

Sunday working is regulated under section 33 of the Working Hours Act (Työaikalaki). For Sunday work, families must pay babysitters a 100% supplement, i.e. 19,00 euros per hour in Uusimaa and 18 euros per hour in rest of the country. This higher rate is also payable on religious holidays, the May Day holiday and Finnish Independence Day.

¹) The wages were revised in the Fall 2018 and the new wages are valid starting December 3, 2018.

Issuing a payment slip

When paying the babysitter, you must also issue a payment slip. You can find the payment slip at the bottom of this page.

The following instructions apply to pages paid in 2018

We’re currently updating the instructions and we will publish them here shortly. Meanwhile you can ask instructions from Anu Hämäläinen, anu.hamalainen(a) or by phone  044 080 8068.

Employee Pensions Act contributions

Employee Pensions Act contributions must be paid if the wages payable to a babysitter exceed €58,27 in one month (2018 figures). Employee Pensions Act contributions are calculated individually, and all babysitters aged between 17 and 67 are subject to them. Families deduct the employee’s portion from the wages payable. The amount is 6,35% for employees aged 17–52 and aged 63-67 and 7,85% for those aged 53–62. In 2018 the total percentage rate for Employee Pensions Act contributions is 25,30%, and it is reported in full to the family’s chosen pension insurance company. You can find the chart for the Employee Pensions Act contribution (TyEL) for the year 2018 at the bottom of this page.

Accident insurance

Statutory accident insurance for employees must be taken if a family pays more than €1200 per year for employers. You can consult insurance companies and choose the right insurance cover for your family. This insurance is taken out on a calendar year basis and covers all babysitters that work for the family.

Annual reporting

If a family pays over €200 in one year to a single babysitter, an annual report of the wages paid by that family will be submitted to the family’s regional tax office. These annual reports are generated by the end of January for the preceding year on the Finnish Tax Administration’s form no. VEROH 7801.

Unemployment insurance contribution

Family must deduct 1,90% (year 2018, see table unemployment insurance) of unemployment insurance contribution from all carers aged 17 to 64 years. Family has to make a payroll amount report if they have pay for carers aged 17 to 64 years more than €1200 or more during calendar year. The report has to be made until the end of next year’s January either via or by calling to Unemployment Insurance Fund’s customer service tel. 075 757 0500. When family has made the report the Unemployment Insurance Fund will send an invoice considering unemployment insurance contribution. Family will pay employers’ part (0,65% year 2018) and carers’ part. You can find the Unemployment insurance contribution table for the year 2018 at the bottom of this page.

Withholding (PAYE) tax and social security contributions

If a family pays over €1,500 in one year in wages to a single babysitter, the wages paid to that babysitter must have PAYE tax and social security contributions deducted. For figures below this threshold, babysitters deal with reporting their income and payment of tax to the tax authorities themselves. A family must pay social security contributions if that family pays over €1,500 in one year in wages to a single babysitter. The employer’s social security contribution in 2018 is 0,86% of wages. This contribution must be paid no later than the 10th day of the month following the month the wages were paid, using the tax authority’s credit transfer form (VEROH 7619).


Families must allow sufficient time to get acquainted with the babysitter beforehand and must provide clear guidance in matters relating to the care of the children.

Child care is generally provided at the family’s home or at another appropriate location.

Some babysitters can also look after children who are ill. However, it is the family’s responsibility to give any medication to the child. If medication absolutely must be given to a child while the babysitter is looking after the child, the family must provide the babysitter with clear written instructions on how the medication is to be administered.

Babysitters cannot drive the children in the family’s car. If a babysitter is to drive children in the babysitter’s own car, this must be agreed in writing.

If a babysitter finishes work late in the evening or at night, the babysitter must be taken home safely, either by giving him/her a lift or by paying for a taxi.

Areas and contacts of MLL babysitter services

You can find the list of areas in Finland and contacts where we offer MLL babysitter services by clicking below.

NB Search your area by filling ”Hae välityspiste” -field. If you are a new user, register by clicking ”Rekisteröidy käyttäjäksi” below your chosen area. Registered users can order a babysitter directly by clicking ”Tilaa hoitaja”. Registering and ordering are done in a web service where you can choose English as your language.

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